Pregnancy can be a scary time. Expectant mothers are warned to stay away from certain foods, household chemicals and any number of additional hazards in order to keep themselves and their babies safe. However, some pregnancy dangers are not preventable.
When facing non-preventable medical conditions during pregnancy, expectant mothers hope that their physicians will be able to accurately diagnose them and effectively treat their conditions. Unfortunately, when physicians are negligent in their diagnosis and/or treatment of pregnancy-related conditions, mothers and their infants can suffer from some form of birth trauma.
A recent large scale retrospective analysis indicates that intrapartum fever and maternal hypertension increase a newborn infant's risk for ischemic stroke. When these maternal conditions are not properly diagnosed or treated and harm to the infant results, the expectant mother's physician may be held liable for his or her negligence.
Interestingly, the study, which will soon be published in the medical journal entitled Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, determined that birth trauma in and of itself is a significant risk factor for ischemic stroke in infants under one year of age. This means that not only can untreated maternal hypertension lead to birth trauma manifest in the form or infant ischemic stroke, other forms of birth trauma can cause this condition as well.
The bottom line is that obstetric patient safety is not to be taken lightly. One risk factor can feed into another and produce a host of problematic consequences. If at any point an expectant mother's physician behaves in a negligent manner and this negligence results in harm to mother or baby, he or she may be held responsible for these consequences.
Source: ObGynNews.com, "Maternal Hypertension Ups Infant's Stroke Risk," Patrice Wendling, July 12, 2012